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Karzai Calls for United Front Against Terrorism

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Afghan President Hamid Karzai has called on world leaders to forge a united front in the fight against terrorism.

Opening an international conference on reconstruction aid for AfghanistanSaturday, Mr. Karzai said the security of South Asia and the entire world is at risk. He told the attendees in New Delhi his country cannot win the fight against terrorists within its borders without the enduring partnership of unwavering allies.

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said Afghanistan still faces many challenges, including the increasing violence in the southern and southeastern portions of the country.

The two-day conference is focused on attracting investment and boosting Afghanistan's struggling economy. It brings together countries in the region, members of the G-8 group of industrialized nations, the United Nations, and several global financial institutions.

At a joint news conference with Mr. Singh Friday, the Afghan leader called for greater cooperation from neighboring Pakistan in quelling a revived militant insurgency in Afghanistan.

Mr. Karzai said he is not blaming Islamabad for the cross-border infiltration of Taleban insurgents, but HE said he is asking for help.

Mr. Singh voiced concern about rising violence in Afghanistan, but said his government will continue to help Kabul in its reconstruction and development efforts.

Afghan authorities have repeatedly blamed Islamabad for not doing enough to stem training and financing of Taleban militants in Pakistan.

Pakistan has denied the charges. It says the insurgents get weapons from across the border in Afghanistan.

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